God has blessed us with an amazing church family to be a part of. Over the last 4 years our family has grown an incredible amount spiritually.
We’ve had ups and downs, just like everyone, but I can say with certainty that we are closer to God today than we were 4 years ago. Between the people of the church, the love that is shown, the verse by verse teaching, the call to action, the love that is shown (yes…I know I already said that), and the 100% focus on Jesus, God has provided a place where we can grow closer to him, learn to study, challenge ourselves, and become better disciples of Jesus.
I’m especially grateful for this Church family after the year that we’ve had. This year we have been through quite a bit, there are certainly many people who have experienced much more than us (so I’m by no means saying that this is the worst year anyone could have), but of the years that I remember, this was probably the most difficult of the last 7 or 8 for us. Between deaths in the family, kidney stones, surgery, and even losing sweet Macy, our Boxer puppy, our hearts and emotions have been stretched to the max. So when I read something like Isaiah 40, the Spirit really encourages me. Check it out:
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:28-31 NKJV
In times when we’re really going through it, we so easily lose focus on the Lord, but he’s always there. So Isaiah 40 is a great reminder to us, that God never fails. “His understanding is unsearchable, he gives power to the weak”, How awesome is that!? He is our strength, He is our comforter, He is the only one that will hold us up in these times of pain and fear.
So what does this have to do with our church family? Well, I can honestly say, that without the last 4 years of growth in Christ, without this family of God standing beside us, and the Spirit of the Lord dwelling in us, we could have never made it through these events. God’s understanding is unsearchable, but I firmly believe that he put us in this place, with these people because he knew what would come, and he knew that we would be prepared and that our faith would be strengthened, all because of the people he put into our lives. Not that they directly make us strong, but their strength in the Lord, has held us up so that we could see him in our weakness.
I love you guys, and I hope this encourages you as we continue to live life with our church family, and search after God in our daily walks.